Monday, September 6, 2010

Today's Guest: TidyMom

Are you as excited as we are for another week of fabulous Halloween posts?
This week's guest bloggers have some really fun ideas in store for you.

Starting today with Cheryl from TidyMom!!
Please go check out her blog if you don't already. You'll fall in love with all her wonderful ideas!!
And who doesn't love a blog with beautiful photography?!?

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Spooky Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with spider

I have been "dying" to make these pancakes for almost a year now, ever since I first saw the idea at notmartha.org.
Just think of the fun the whole family will have making their own spooky pancakes!



I used my
 Pumpkin Pancake recipe
that we love and added a little orange food coloring to make them extra "festive".

Pumpkin Pancakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 TBSP melted butter
  • 5 TBSP canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • few drops of orange gel food coloring
Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with no stick spray. Combine eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth. Add just a few drops of gel food coloring until you get a nice orange (it doesn't take much). Pour or scoop the batter onto hot skillet, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. When the batter stops bubbling and edges begin to harden, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown. This will take from 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook the other side for the same amount of time, until golden brown. Serve warm with syrup. Makes approximately 16 pancakes.

*TIPS: 1. I used the powdered buttermilk, this way I always have some on hand – if you use the powdered – replace buttermilk with 1-1/4 cup water in the wet ingredients, and add 5 TBSP of buttermilk mix to the dry ingredients 2. My skillet makes 4 pancakes at a time, I heat my oven to about 180° and place cooked pancakes on a plate and place in oven while I cook the next batch, remove plate to add another batch to plate and place back in warm oven until all pancakes are cooked. 3. These freeze well too!     

 
To turn your pumpkin pancakes into SPOOKY pancakes......you'll want to make Black Cinnamon Syrup. The cinnamon is a nice compliment to pumpkin pancakes........*BUT, I have a suggestion.......if you make the pumpkin pancakes and serve with this syrup, you could cut down or even leave out the cinnamon in the pancakes.

Black Cinnamon Syrup (recipe from Not Martha)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • black food coloring gel
In a saucepan combine sugars, flour and cinnamon. Add vanilla and water. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. As it heats squirt in a little of the black food coloring and mix in, add more until it's as dark as can be (it doesn't take much). Allow to boil for a few moments until the mixture has noticeably thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to put into a squirt bottle (of the ketchup style). You can make it the night before and warm it by dipping the squeeze bottle in a bowl of warm water. Let each person decorate their own pancake!
There's nothing SCARY about making these pancakes!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I'm sure your family will be thrilled with this SPOOKY treat on Halloween morning! Thanks for having me today ladies!!!........I love Halloween and can't wait to see all of the great ideas! September is going to be so fun at eighteen25!

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There is no doubt what's going to be for breakfast at our house Halloween morning this year!!
I just can't wait for October 31st!!

19 comments:

  1. What Fun! You don't need to be a kid to enjoy these.

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  2. These are too fun! I'll have to do them!

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  3. Those are so stinkin adorable I can't even stand it! A must try.

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  4. Yum!!! I love pumpkin pancakes, and this recipe looks like a great one. Plus the recipe for decorative cinnamon syrup... Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  5. These are GENIUS!!! LOVE them! I am *so* adding this to my list of must makes for October!

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  6. LOVE THIS! A couple years ago I attempted some spider-web pancakes that pretty much looked like the spider lost his lunch in my skillet. I'm hoping that my attempt at these will be more successful! :)

    Love the Jack-O-Lanterns, and the web. My son is deathly afraid of actual spiders....so that might not be an option at our house...

    So cutE!!

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  7. Thanks for having me today!! I can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the month!

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  8. How fun! I bet even my teenagers will love these!
    Thanks for the great recipes and idea Cheryl!
    ~Liz

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  9. These are so cute, great idea!

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  10. Totally doing these!! So cute! Great idea!

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  11. Love these! Too cute! I can't wait to try these for the little ones. Theyw ill love them!

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  12. What a cute idea! Tidymom is alwasy full of great stuff :)

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  13. Love these! Can't wait to make them. Featured this post today http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/09/spooky-halloween-pancakes.html

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  14. I am SO making these! Thanks for the great recipe :)

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